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the gili islands

The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are a tropical paradise with white sandy beaches, palm trees and turquoise warm waters. The three islands Gili Trewangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air each offer something different and unique and are all famous for scuba diving, snorkeling and colorful marine life.

Gili Island Guide

The Gili Islands offer something for everyone whether you like to party, have a romantic getaway or want a mix of both. See which island is the most suitable for you.
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Gili Meno
This is the smallest and yet most untouched of the Gili Islands offering the best opportunity to meet locals and learn about the island culture. Stay in a homestead or come here on a day tour for some snorkeling, diving and beach time.
Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan, or short: 'Gili T' is THE party island and the most bustling of the three meaning you can find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. This doesn’t mean you can’t have down time as the north of the island offers more tranquil beaches.
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Gili Air
Gili Air is best described as a mix of Gili Meno and Gili T, with awesome diving and snorkeling spots, white beaches and an array of hotels, restaurants and bars.

How to get to the Gili Islands

You can easily get to the Gilis on a speed boat that will get you to all three Gili Islands within 20-30 minutes from either Bali or Lombok. It’s also very easy to stay on one island and explore the other two and it costs ca. $1.

Our favorite Gili Island hotels

aston sunset beach resort
Aston Sunset Beach Resort
Situated on Gili T, this beachfront resort is located at the island's sandy west coast. Plunge into the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy room service and a private garden and beach.
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Vila Ombak Hotel
This laid-back resort is located right on the beach and 4 minutes walking distance from the nearest diving center. It includes a spa, restaurant, outdoor pool, watersports center and three bars.
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Hotel Sogo Avenida
Located conveniently near the beach on Gili T's northern tip, this elegant spacious and tropical retreat has it's own bike rental, outdoor pool and watersports options.

Best time to go to the Gili Islands

The rainy season runs from November through to April but if you don't mind a little tropical rainfall and want to beat the crwods, then the best time for you to go is between November and January. If you'd rather have pure sunshine, head to the Gilies in the dry season, from May until October. This is the peak season so you will find it's a lot busier.